Choosing a nursing home for your loved one is an important decision for you and your family. Knowing that nursing home abuse and neglect are a real problem in this country can make you nervous about selecting the right facility to trust your loved one’s care to. These tips may help you in your process.
Medicare Rating System
The Medicare rating system will give you an indication of which nursing homes may adhere to high standards of cleanliness and patient care. However, the information used for ranking homes is provided by third parties, sometimes the nursing homes themselves. Consulting the rating system is a good place to start your search, but it should not be your only source of information.
Visiting the Nursing Home
The best way to gauge the level of care your loved one will receive in a facility is to visit the nursing home yourself. Pay attention to how the staff interacts with patients while you are there and what the general living conditions of the facility are like. Making an unscheduled visit is the best way to ensure you get a fair impression of daily life at the facility.